Without meaning to, D2D started a residential program beginning in 2010, when one orphan needed a place to live. From that small act, the program grew and, over the years, many others have found their home at our Maji Zuwa campus through our residential boy’s program which now hosts more than 65 live-in youth.
It’s our most successful initiative. By providing a stable, family-oriented home life for youth, they can concentrate on school, focus on academics, and have the space to study and push themselves forward. We have seen incredible results and our live-in youth are routinely at the top of their classes at both our local schools and the boarding school to which many are sent. A dozen are currently in college or university programs and are always recognized as leaders out of hundreds of peers.
To be considered for the residential program, a young person has to demonstrate a need and a desire to live in a controlled setting. About one third of our residential boys are complete orphans with neither parent alive, who are referred to us by chiefs and principals of schools. Another third are from households with a single mother who is struggling to provide, and the final third are from our surrounding community and whose families see the value in the structure and rules we have that keep their young person on track.